Blog: Explore Our World : Tips of the Home Improvement Trade
  • Gutter Cleaning or Gutter Guards?

    Gutter Cleaning or Gutter Guards?

    Many homeowners are looking for a miracle product that will free them from ever having to clean their gutters again.  Some companies are actually claiming they have this miracle product! There are some good gutter cover designs; however, every gutter guard system we have tested (and we have tested a lot of them!) has pluses… Read more »

  • What size Gutter do I need?

    What size Gutter do I need?

    The roof is one of the most essential parts of a building as it protects, occupants, contents, and the interior of the structure from the elements. The roof drainage system (gutters) is equally important. Factors that must be considered in the design of roof drainage systems are the area to be drained, size of the… Read more »

  • The Origin of North American Roofing Slates

    The Origin of North American Roofing Slates

    The National Slate Association publication Slate Roofs, printed in 1926, gives the following description of the origin of slate:  “These minerals constituting slate were deposited in bodies of water and erosion and deposition accounts for the different composition in successive beds. Other materials may have been deposited over the clays, and the pressure of the… Read more »